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“The big print giveth, and the small print taketh away.”

There is no place like home and when you can call a workplace home as well it becomes a dream come true. That is exactly how Marla Sers is feeling about returning to Willow Nursing & Rehab in Kilgore, but this time – instead of the seven years previously worked at the facility – she now …

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilli…

The Kilgore Police Department has long recognized that clergy and their congregations are an abundant and dynamic community resource. In order to more fully engage the faith-based community in our combined Community Policing concept, a Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA) program has been developed.

“Most theater companies when they say they're 'rotating rep,' they do one show, they finish it, they take it off the stage, and then they load the next one in," Texas Shakespeare Festival's Meghan Potter says. "But we do, depending on where we are in the season, three different shows on the same stage every day. So, changeover is the process of taking all of the scenery off of the stage, changing colors in the lighting instruments and putting the new set on stage for the afternoon or evening performance."

Petrichor: a distinctive, earthy, usually pleasant odor that is associated with rainfall especially when following a warm, dry period…

I recently heard my seminary president, Craig Barnes, preach a sermon on the phrase “if only.” Dr. Barnes said that when “if only” surfaces in a conversation it usually focuses either on the past or the future. “If only I had saved better for retirement.” “If only I had taken that other job …

The Chinese visitors took a lot of photographs of the various rooms and equipment during the tour of Kilgore Middle School.

When I was dating my wife (and still pretending to be charming), I once suggested we grab an old blanket, purchase a generous supply of processed lunchmeat and go on a picnic.  In my romantic desperation, I had apparently forgotten that we live in East Texas, where being outside anytime between the months of April and December is likely to involve projectile sweating and a raging case of chiggers.

The water of Kilgore City Pool will glow red Thursday as “Jaws” pays a visit to the City of Kilgore. Granted, the ominous effect will be thanks to the color-adjustable LED porthole lights illuminating the local amenity for City Hall’s second, free dive-in movie at the recently-revitalized venue July 18.

The word, written or spoken, creates and brings out of the invisible everything that operates a world of activity. Words can be ugly or beautiful and words can be life or death to any given situation. This week, the sweltering heat of summer bore down on Texas soil. Along with the rising hea…

Entertain, and elevate – there’s plenty of pratfalls and slapstick comedy for children to enjoy in Grace Abele’s latest venture, but the playwright and director has also layered in wit and wisdom into her latest venture for Texas Shakespeare Festival.

“The Girl Who Cried Throgmonster” debuts in one week, and Abele’s hearing the tick of the clock. Everything will come together by 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, but the free-admission show isn’t quite ready. Almost.

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

For well over a century, the vast reserves of oil and natural gas in Texas have contributed to business activity and job creation. We recently took a close look at the overall impact of the sector on business activity across the state and found that it directly or indirectly supports about one of every six Texas jobs.

Children can satiate their thirst for knowledge of where nearly ‘no man has gone before’ with another special space event at Kilgore Public Library Wednesday morning. The interactive experience ‘To the Moon and Back’ will be a celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing’s 50th anniversary, set from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 10 at 301 N. Henderson Blvd. The traveling presentation is intended for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years-old.

Back in 1961 or thereabouts, I won a competition among my sixth grade peers and my brother won one over his fourth grade classmates. Of the school population, I think we were the two best in that event. As a prize, our elementary school principal in Maysville, Oklahoma – Roy West – offered u…

“No amount of patience will ever persuade an idiot.”

There was a crowd of superheroes dancing to the beat of their own drum in First Christian Church’s gym this week. They came to join the ‘Jesus League,’ to become super-followers of Jesus in the sixth annual Special Needs Vacation Bible School hosted by the Main Street congregation, and they found many sidekicks waiting to celebrate alongside them

Over the years, you’ll experience many personal and professional milestones. Each of these can be satisfying, but they may also bring challenges – especially financial ones. That’s why you may want to seek the guidance of a financial professional. Here are some of the key life events you may encounter, along with the help a financial advisor can provide...

Who would have thought the works of  Jackie Gleason, an American comedian,  actor, writer, composer and conductor would have such an impact in Kilgore, but last month a very important piece of equipment spawned by one of  his ideas arrived at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications.

If Victor Olowo wakes up tomorrow and wants to teach literature, he has that opportunity. He has that choice – as an American citizen. It’s a freedom others across the world, including in his native country of Nigeria, can’t embrace as Americans do. “The freedom to choose what one wants to do is something that’s pretty much practiced here,” he said. “It’s not easily attainable in most other places in the world.”

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

– William Faulkner

“How much poison does it take to kill you?” That was what the title of my presentation at a national youth conference this past week asked attendees. Of course, I was not trying to encourage them to take their own or anyone else’s physical life but to get them to think about how much false teaching it might take to end their spiritual life.

AS the Fourth of July, a day in which Americans celebrate its freedom as a nation with fireworks, cook-outs and visits to lakes. There is nothing fun or patriotic about spending the day or evening in an emergency room due to an accident and thus a few tips for safety to make sure your day is all that you are looking forward to experiencing.

The last time my family made the five-hour road trip to Galveston Island (a.k.a. The Playground of the South), we didn’t get much playtime. Instead, we spent two solid days in the cavernous Moody Gardens Convention Center waiting for the few precious minutes my eldest and most expensive daughter would take the floor to compete with her high school dance team, usually when I was sprinting back from the men’s room.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Earthlings of all ages are flowing through Kilgore Public Library this week and the NASA Exhibit on loan from Johnson Space Center – with more space exploration ahead in July.

All the world’s a stage, they say, and the Longview World of Wonders children’s museum and creative center became a stage this week as Texas Shakespeare Festival actors led a “World of William” creative arts day camp for children.

During the summertime, generally, blood supplies go down, in part due to regular donors’ being away on vacation, while the need for blood generally goes up, with more people being out and about and subject to accident and injury.

Fried chicken and fixin’s, banana pudding and homemade pies, topped with a slab of juicy, cold watermelon under the shade of a tree or a pavilion indicates a picnic southerners take delight in preparing and serving. In Kilgore, such a picnic will take place during the annual Danville Cemeter…